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GRIZZ HIT ICE: Gregor Baumgartner recorded a hat trick as the Green Team defeated the White Team 4-2 in the Utah Grizzlies' intra-squad game Saturday night at the Acord Ice Center.

All of Baumgartner's goals came in the third period — following a score by teammate Jeff Bateman — as the Green squad overcame a 2-0 deficit.

After a scoreless first period, Shaun O'Connor and Mike Green netted goals for the White Team in the middle frame. Grizz coach Don Hay began trimming Utah's roster after the scrimmage and is expected to make more cuts on Sunday. The game capped the team's training camp, which began Wednesday.

The Grizzlies, who have affiliation agreements with the Dallas Stars (15 players) and Florida Panthers (5-6 players), open their first season in the American Hockey League Friday at Grand Rapids. Utah's home opener is Oct. 13 against Milwaukee.


HIATT NAMED PCL MVP: The Pacific Coast League has named Phil Hiatt, third baseman of the Las Vegas 51's, as the 2001 PCL Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the league's field managers and media representatives.

Hiatt led the league and set the Las Vegas club-record for home runs (44) during the 2001 campaign. He also led the PCL in runs scored (107), total bases (315), extra-base hits (78) and slugging percentage (.722). Hiatt, designated hitter for the 2001 All-PCL Team, also ranked second in the league with 99 runs batted in, and fifth with a .330 batting average.

Other players receiving votes for MVP were Jose Fernandez of the Salt Lake Stingers, SeanBurroughs of the Portland Beavers, and DennisStark and ToddBetts of the Tacoma Rainiers.


FREEZZ LOSE: The Utah Freezz had its losing streak extended to three with a 5-3 loss to Dallas on Saturday night.

Myles Stoddard, Brock Varoz and Sterling Wescott scored for the Freezz, who fell to 3-4.

Utah returns home for back-to-back games on Oct. 5 and 6.


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: All-American Nina Puikkonen passed Amy Steele Gant, moving into second on BYU's all-time total blocks list as BYU (9-1, 3-0) defeated Air Force (1-10, 0-4) Saturday, 30-13, 30-20, 30-15.

Puikkonen, with 697 total blocks, passed Gant's record (694) in the second game on her way to three blocks, 12 digs and 10 kills. CROSS COUNTRY: In a race featuring 14 teams ranked in the top 25, the No. 15 BYU men's cross country team finished 10th Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.

Leading the Cougars was senior All-American John Hedengren, who completed the 8K course in 24:45 to finish 22nd. Coming in just after Hedengren for the Cougars was junior Lewis Jones, who finished 24th in a time of 24:46.5.

The women's team was in Palo Alto, Calif., to compete in the Stanford Invitational. The women split their squad between the 4K and 6K courses, finishing third in the long race.


WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: The No. 22-ranked University of Utah women's volleyball team defeated the New Mexico Lobos in three games, 30-20, 30-25, 30-14, Saturday at Crimson Court.

Junior Sylva Strzinkova led the Utes with 14 kills for a .522 hitting percentage and tied a career-high 15 digs. Teammate KimTurner racked up 11 kills for a .316 hitting percentage.

Junior colleges

UVSC VOLLEYBALL: All-American outside hitter Fran Pozzi pounded out 21 kills to lead Utah Valley State College to a 30-24, 30-20, 28-30, 30-19 win over Dixie State College Saturday. The win was the 30th of the year for the Wolverines and the 10th straight in their current streak.